Animal Size

Giant otter shrew size: How big do they get?

How big does a Giant otter shrew get? Here is an overview over the average adult age:

A grown Giant otter shrew (Potamogale velox) reaches an average size of 32 cm (1′ 1″).

When born, they have an average size of 0 cm (0′ 0″). A full-grown exemplary reaches roughly 685 grams (1.51 lbs). Talking about reproduction, Giant otter shrews have 2 babies about 2 times per year. The Giant otter shrew (genus: Potamogale) is a member of the family Tenrecidae.

As a reference: Humans reach an average body size of 1.65m (5′ 5″) while carrying 62 kg (137 lbs). A human woman is pregnant for 280 days (40 weeks) and on average become 75 years old.

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The giant otter shrew (Potamogale velox) is a semiaquatic, carnivorous afrotherian mammal. It is found in the main rainforest block of central Africa from Nigeria to Zambia, with a few isolated populations in Kenya and Uganda. It lives in streams, wetlands and slow flowing larger rivers. It is monotypic in the genus Potamogale. Otter shrews are most closely related to the tenrecs of Madagascar.Contrary to its name, the giant otter shrew is not a true shrew (Soricidae). The common name refers to their resemblance to otters with their flat face and stiff whiskers, and the otter shrews’ overall superficial similarity to true shrews. They are nocturnal carnivores that feed on aquatic animals.

Animals of the same family as a Giant otter shrew

We found other animals of the Tenrecidae family:

Animals with the same size as a Giant otter shrew

Not that size really matters, but it makes things comparable. So here are a couple of animals that are as big as Giant otter shrew:

Animals with the same litter size as a Giant otter shrew

Here is a list of animals that have the same number of babies per litter (2) as a Giant otter shrew:

Animals with the same weight as a Giant otter shrew

As a comparison, here are some other animals that weight as much as the Potamogale velox: